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Podcast: Lisa Nandy on the US elections and beyond

Richard Hermer QC, Murray Hunt and Helen Mountfield QC speak to Lisa Nandy, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Labour MP for Wigan. Listen as they discuss topics including the results of the US election, the UK’s international reputation and influence, when it is appropriate for the UK to intervene militarily overseas to prevent crimes against humanity […]

Pensions regulator code of practice on scheme funding

The Pensions Regulator has published its interim response to its first consultation on the defined benefit code of practice. The changes require the Pensions Regulator (tPR) to update its Code of Practice on Scheme Funding.



In harmony – the Universal Music/ KWMSJB relationship

How music giant Universal and its external legal adviser maintain a harmonious and enduring working relationship  The music industry is in crisis. Physical sales of music have decreased dramatically in the past decade. Although digital sales and legitimate streaming via services such as Spotify have increased, they have not filled the gap. Instead, that gap […]

Walker Morris teams set to take on Oxfam Trailtrekker Gold Challenge

Two teams from Walker Morris are taking on the Oxfam Trailtrekker Gold Challenge, which takes place in the Yorkshire Dales on 31 May–1 June 2014. The Gold Challenge involves walking 100km (more than 62 miles) in less than 30 hours (non-stop) in a circular route that starts and finishes in Skipton. Two teams of four […]


South Staffs Plc cuts adviser roster to four, DWF and Wragges handed roles

Utility company South Staffordshire Plc has cut its informal panel from 25 to four with DWF, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, SGH Martineau and SAS Daniels being awarded the mandate to advise the company.  The review was initiated following the appointment of general counsel (GC) Gareth Brewerton, who joined the company in October from SGH […]


Watson Farley adopts “variable share” partnership structure

Watson Farley & Williams has overhauled its remuneration to fixed-share partners in the wake of HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) national insurance (NI) crackdown. Each of the firm’s London-based non-equity partners has agreed to contribute just over 20 per cent of their remuneration into a separate pooled fund. This will be redistributed to FSPs in the […]

Stephen Lucas

Will Stephen Lucas be value for money for Kirkland?

Top-dollar lawyer Stephen Lucas will have to bring home the bacon for Kirkland Is any lawyer worth busting your firm’s compensation structure for? Perhaps one at the pinnacle of their niche in the market. This is the quandary that faced Weil Gotshal & Manges back in 2011 when it hired Linklaters partner Stephen Lucas to […]

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